Tell TED Talks: Abortion Is a Human Rights Issue

In her recent article for The Nation, Jessica Valenti revealed that TED conversations have a policy against presentations that discuss abortion. When she asked TED's content director why no talks about abortion were included in the TEDWomen program, she was told that abortion did not fit into "wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights."

As Valenti points out, recent years have made it all the more clear that abortion is a human rights issue: the United Nations has classified lack of access to abortion as torture, Savita Halappanavar died because a Catholic hospital in Ireland refused to end her pregnancy and the United States has seen the number of restrictions on the procedure skyrocket.

In a letter, NARAL Pro-Choice America summed up the importance of including abortion among TED's many topics, stating that "the hesitation to discuss these issues among inspired thinkers, writers, scientists and advocates prevents us from moving forward into an enlightened future."

It is vital that the influential institution change its policy. Tell TED Talks: Abortion is a human rights issue.

Protest for reproductive rights
Abortion-rights activist and National Organization for Women (NOW) member Erin Matson, right, and others, holds up a signs as anti-abortion demonstrators march towards the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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